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Are Parent-Teacher Conferences Becoming Obsolete?

The Atlantic
A school district north of Denver is doing away with the traditional parent-teacher conferences this year, instead urging parents to log in to a website to find out how their children are doing. The Commerce-City based Adams 14 school district says it made the change in an effort to squeeze in as much instructional time as possible. The 7,500-student district — where almost half the students are English-language learners and about 85 percent qualify for subsidized lunches — has long struggled academically and is under a state-ordered improvement plan. Frustrated parents and teachers, however, said that the new online system is either confusing or incomplete and can’t replace face-to-face interaction.

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